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Everyone wants to point the finger at Jeff Lurie for his decision to let Andy Reid go and to sign this college coach to run the program. However; the majority of the fan base as well as the media wanted a change and I can remember all of the people calling for Reid's head. Moreover, most people were on board with the Chip Kelly hiring. It seems the real problem was Lurie's decision to give Kelly complete reign over the entire football operation. What happened next was a complete travesty.
Are you kidding me??! Three years ago this team had DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy, Todd Herremans, Evan Mathis, Trent Cole and Nick Foles...if you are doing the math that is 7 Pro Bowl caliber players at very key positions. Within the past three years, Kelly has jettisoned every one of these players and tried to preach a philosophy that these players did not fit his system. Well call me naive but who exactly fits your system coach Chip???? Oh yeah, thats right...you are no longer the Philadelphia Eagles coach. Good riddance and never come back you franchise killer.
So this brings us to the next question. WILL THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES EVER WIN A SUPER BOWL? In essence that is pretty much a loaded question at this point, but I suppose there has to be a right answer. This franchise is now 83 years old and counting. During those years that seem eternal this team has only won 3 championships (Pre NFL/AFL Merger 1970. However; during that span the Eagles have exactly zero Super Bowl wins and have only represented the NFC in the big dance twice!!! This is truly a somber fact. An even more reprehensible stat is the fact that the Carolina Panthers have exactly the same amount of Super Bowl appearances in only 22 years of existence. The Baltimore Ravens also have two appearances in the Super Bowl in only 20 years and won them both. These stats do not make for promising odds in the Eagles favor.
I myself have been an Eagles fan pretty much since birth (39 years). During those years, there have been many ups and downs for the Eagles. However, the disappointments have always outweighed the good times. There were the mid eighties to the early nineties watching Randall Cunningham (QB), Fred Barnett (WR), Calvin Williams (WR), Keith Jackson (TE), Keith Byars (RB), Reggie White (DE), Clyde Simmons (DE), Jerome Brown (DT), Mike Golic (DT), Byron Evans (LB), Seth Joyner (LB), William Thomas (LB), Eric Allen (CB), Ben Smith (CB), Wes Hopkins (S), Andre Waters (S) to name the notable players. Then there was the Rich Kotite and Ray Rhodes era with a few notable players.
And then of course, there was the Andy Reid era from 1999-2012. Although there were no championships won by any of his teams, Reid was the definition of consistency. Not to mention, all Andy Reid did was win as he became only the fifth NFL head coach to win 100 games with the same organization. In retrospect though, Reid was the only one of the five to never win a Super Bowl. One can argue that Andy Reid did as much with as little talent as any coach in NFL history. The Eagles always seemed to have a very talented roster, but were always one or two players away from actually getting over the hump. Then in 2004, ownership finally gave Reid an offensive weapon that he had been missing forever and a day. That 2004 season was a magical one for the Eagles as they went to only their second Super Bowl in history.
In 2004, when the Eagles added Terrell Owens, Donovan McNabb excelled and had his best season of his career. There is no coincidence that Terrell Owens was on this team and that he was the main reason that McNabb was able to compile a plus 100 quarterback rating (QBR). In fact, McNabb had a rating of 104.7, while throwing for 3,875 yards and 31 touchdowns and only 8 interceptions. In his very first regular season with the Eagles, Terrell Owens caught 3 touchdown passes and had 8 receptions for 68 yards. Let's go one step further...as Owens ended the season with 77 receptions for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns in only 14 games. The Eagles season in 2004 ended one field goal...four points away from a Super Bowl victory. There was also the swirling rumors that New England cheated that day and the truth will probably never be known.
What is important to note about this season was how close the Eagles came that one year to their first ring. The very next year, Donovan McNabb had an injury plagued season and Terrell Owens went off the deep end and was suspended from the team. Sadly, Owens finished with only 7 games played, 47 receptions, 763 yards and 6 touchdowns. So once again do the math...in 20 games #81 had 124 receptions, 1,963 yards, and 20 touchdowns. Those stats are incredible numbers in their own right. No other receiver or combination of receivers put up anything close to the numbers that Owens did during that span ever before or ever again for Donovan McNabb. The point is, the city cannot cry over spilled milk and there is no more time to hear what "should or could have happened." The fact is, what did and did not happen. One thing is for sure, the Eagles have still not won a Super Bowl.
Will 2016 be the Eagles year? People seem to ask this question year after year in Philadelphia. Every season begins with so much promise and hope and then all of those concepts of faith are flushed down the toilet. 83 years is a very long time. If we brake down the 83 years to one year at a time the thought becomes more simple. 83 years is like an eternity. So maybe we should take the same steps when looking towards the Eagles future. Instead of saying will the Eagles ever win a super bowl, maybe we should ask the question will the Birds win the Super Bowl this season? Will the Eagles win it all in 2016? The answer is not simple like the question. Only time will tell if this city will ever be able to touch the Lombardi trophy. Only time will tell if the franchise will be raising a championship banner at Lincoln Financial Field. I do believe in miracles though, so I will be watching the Eagles this year once again whether they win or lose because that is the true definition of a fan. And maybe just maybe if everyone believes...then maybe the Eagles will finally get that ring that this city has so desperately longed for!